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2019 Dutch University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

You’d be mistaken to think that the Netherlands is all windmills, tulips and canals (although there are plenty of those to enjoy!). Holland is an increasingly popular destination for international students, boasting a historic higher education system, great quality of life and affordable tuition fees.

What’s more, the Netherlands punches well above its weight in international rankings for a country of only 17 million people, with a clutch of world-class universities featuring in the three major league tables.

On this page we’ve summarised the results for Dutch universities in 2019.

Top Ranked Dutch Universities

The following table lists the best 13 universities in Holland in 2019, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.

Top Dutch Universities in 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
Delft University of Technology 58 52 151-200
Wageningen University and Research =59 125 101-150
University of Amsterdam 62 57 101-150
Leiden University 68 =122 74
Erasmus University Rotterdam 70 179 79
Utrecht University =74 124 51
University of Groningen =79 120 66
Radboud University Nijmegen =123 =204 101-150
Maastricht University =128 211 201-300
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 166 =231 101-150
Eindhoven University of Technology =167 99 301-400
University of Twente =184 =172 -
Tilburg University 201-250 =319 -
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Dutch universities for Masters study?

There are seven Dutch universities in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education rankings, placing Holland on a par with nations outside the traditional academic powerhouses of the USA and the UK.

In fact, the Netherlands is the country with the fourth most institutions in the top 100 of this ranking (after America, the UK and Germany), an extremely impressive achievement for a comparatively small place.

Of course, rankings aren’t everything, but the fact that the Netherlands performs so well by these methodologies is evidence of the strength of its universities and their ability to go toe-to-toe with institutions across the world.

Domestic rankings

If you've already decided that you want to study in the Netherlands, it could be worth looking at a domestic ranking system such as the Keuzegids.

By only comparing universities from the Netherlands, these rankings offer a more consistent view of the differences between a nation's academic institutions than an international league table might do. Most significantly, the Keuzegids features postgraduate leagues for specific Masters subjects.

However, be aware that you'll probably need to brush up on your Nederlands if you opt for the Keuzegids, as it's not written in English (you'll also have to pay for access to the rankings).

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Last updated 02/10/2018

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